Blimey! When I was a kid all you needed to go swimming in the cut was your cossie and sometimes we didn't even bother with that Now it seems like you have to drag your trampoline along as well!
Comment by Veronica on 4th August 2018 at 06:42
I didn't think boys jumped in the canal these days- they must be 'throwbacks'- so called 'wild swimming'.
Comment by Mick on 4th August 2018 at 07:15
I wonder where that trampoline is now
Comment by Rev David Long on 4th August 2018 at 07:56
Candidates for the Darwin Awards, I think.
Comment by Poet on 4th August 2018 at 09:05
"O Rejoice young man in thy youth".
Comment by DTease on 4th August 2018 at 12:11
O the joys of skinny dipping in the Cut on a warm Summer's evening. The swirl of cool, polluted water around your nether regions. The walk home through the woods in the moonlight wearing soggy underpants 'cos you had to use something for a towel. All this followed by two days in bed with a snotty nose 'cos you caught a chill. I ask you, what could be more romantic?
Comment by From Where on 4th August 2018 at 17:20
For it is not long and holds a short tooth .
Now you can sing , ‘tis how it should be ,
grasp life with both hands the next life is free..
Jump not to heaven , jump to the sky ,
keep the important, forget all who lie .
This is your time , but we were like you
Call it , claim it , AND , change the world too!!
Comment by Mick on 4th August 2018 at 19:25
Rev all them Darwin Award winners are dead
I like Malaysian spiritual magician who died after accidentally steaming himself to death in a stainless steel wok
Comment by Veronica on 4th August 2018 at 19:43
Hope they don't 'catch owt'. Gives me the 'heeby jeebies' just thinking what lies beneath!
Comment by Elizabeth on 5th August 2018 at 08:09
I know,Veronica,I dread to think what 's in that water !
Comment by Veronica on 5th August 2018 at 09:34
The boys aren't bothered Elizabeth they're just enjoying themselves -but I wonder if their mums know what they are up to!
Comment by Sam h on 6th August 2018 at 12:08
Think i would sooner pay for my grandkids to go to the swimming baths.
Comment by Veronica on 11th August 2018 at 09:04
A story handed down in my family regarding the canal was that in my grandfather's youth he and his pals would swim in the canal. I'm guessing this would be 1890's early 1900's. They would dive in and pick something up from the bottom to prove they had done that. One lad didn't come back up. I believe the lads did try to bring him back up but he had drowned. The story goes 'cold ' after that but there must be more to it. I have often wondered if there was anything in the newspapers at the time - probably there was.
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